Yesterday (Friday) afternoon was still warm and sunny so I visited the coast before giving a talk at Exmouth CC. Budleigh Salterton is a shingle beach but this doesn't stop people sitting and enjoying the sea air. There were lots of people actively enjoying the sunshine at Exmouth including some chaps who decided to attempt to drive across the sands to collect their trailer. They were eventually towed off.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Bicton Park Gardens include 60 acres of formal gardens, pinetum and nature reserve. The Palm House dates from the 1820s and was constructed using 18,000 panes of glass; it is older than Kew. Formal gardens were developed in about 1735, and extensive plantations were laid out at Bicton in the mid-18th century, including 101,394 Scots pines. I wanted to do infrared studies of tree shapes but ended up taking a lot of other subjects.
In 1896, a competition was organised for designs for a pavilion. Edward Richards won the prize but work did not commence till 1911, some 20 years after the idea of a pavilion had first been discussed and ten years after they had been agreed. It was formerly opened in August 1912 and was popular till 1970s when it was scheduled for demolition. However was saved and is a Class II* listed building and today has a shopping centre and cafes. It presents a mixture of Victorian overindulgence and Edwardian grace and splendour.
The Princess Gardens' FountainPrincess Gardens in Torquay, opened in 1894, were named after Princess Louise, the daughter of Queen Victoria, who visited the town on 6 May 1890. The gardens were designed in a typical Victorian style with elaborate fountains and ornate shelters. The gardens have lawns and large flowerbeds and also include palm trees that were imported from New Zealand. The fountain was produced by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow to pattern used in many others gardens eg Hartlepool, Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I have utilised the feature of my digital infrared image adjustment that blues retain their colour. The Princess Theatre was constructed in 1961 but has a real Art Deco feel to it in the decoration and shapes used. I was disappointed that the Agatha Christie day cruises don't start till 1st April - sounds a great day out.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Here are some underwater images for Matt who would enjoy the challenge. The Seals were great fun as people were encouraged to move objects around to play with them. They are quicker in their movements than cats. The Four-Eyed Fish (Anableps anableps) have no swim bladders so tend to stay near the surface as they can't dive without using energy. The eyes are specially adapted to see above and below the water. The birds are Guillemot and Tufted Puffin.
I enjoyed a brief visit to Teignmouth this afternoon as it brought back memories of a holiday with my parents and my children back in 1974. It doesn't seem to have changed much. The last four images were taken later as I passed through on my way to talk to Dawlish Camera Club.